Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Tomi Suzuki
Joshua Rogers is a Ph.D. student in modern Japanese literature. His research investigates the role of Christianity in Japanese literature after the Meiji period, arguing that although there were drastically fewer practicing Christians among Japanese intellectuals from the Taishō period forward, the cultural and intellectual impact Christianity had in Meiji remained relevant throughout the 20th century. By tracing the evolution of how Christian ideas and motifs were adopted by Japanese authors in this period, Joshua hopes to show the impact of Christian themes on issues ranging from cosmopolitanism and cultural identity to humanism and ethics. Joshua graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Contemporary Literary Studies in 2012, worked as a freelance Japanese translator for nearly two years, and started his Ph.D. at Columbia in 2013.